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Events

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Sat. Jan. 27

19th Annual Locopalooza Show Choir Competition

Features 16 talented teams from the Upper Midwest. Hosted at Altoona High School. Preliminary competition begins at 8:30am, and the finalists go on at 6:30pm.

Altoona High School
711 7th Street West
Altoona

Cost: $12 for preliminaries; $12 to attend finals; $16 all day pass

Age: All Ages

Sat. Jan. 27

Great Lakes, Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

View this traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society! Comprised of 16 panels, the exhibit features an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to track the movement of glaciers, follow changes made to local rivers over time, or…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8am-6pm Sat. Jan. 27

2018 Powder Keg Snow Shoe and Fat Bike Race

A 5k/10k snow shoe race, 12 mile/24 mile fat bike race or combined long/short events there is even a 1 mile try it out snow shoe hike. Northern Lites snow shoes will be onsite for snow shoe demos and to check out. Medals for class winners…

Eau Claire Expo Center & Lowes Creek Co Park
5530 Fairview Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $30-50

Age: All Ages

9-10:30am Sat. Jan. 27

Community Breakfast for The Salvation Army Hygiene Hub

Hundreds of families are helped through The Salvation Army's "Hygiene Hub". Supplies are always needed. Have fun helping people in our community by giving Personal Care, Household Care, Baby Care items when you come to enjoy free breakfast…

The Salvation Army - Bread of Life Center
2211 South Hastings Way
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE - Bring an item to help stock the shelves of the "Hygiene Hub"

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. Jan. 27

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Sat. Jan. 27

Winter Market of Menomonie

A typical Winter market day is presented by 15-20 farmers and artists selling everything from vegetables to fruits, eggs, breads, meats and handmade crafts. Friendly atmosphere, fresh coffee, hot prepared foods and live music every week. All…

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

ACT Prep Winter 2018

This program will walk you through each section of the exam. Full subject reviews, refresh your memory on important subjects, take practice tests and essays and receive feedback. Scholarships available.

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $199

Age: Youth

9:30am-3:30pm Sat. Jan. 27

Cardboard Construction

Failsafe will convert into a fort-building space, full of cardboard, MakeDo Kits and all of the necessary items to create some huge structures. Free free to stop in anytime to join in the architectural fun.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-3pm Sat. Jan. 27

Nate Rylander - the Jackson Pollock of the Midwest

View work by abstract expressionist painter Nate Rylander. “Action painting” can be seen in his artwork along with reclaimed materials such as hollow core doors. Inspired by several masters, we refer to Rylander as the Jackson Pollock of…

B-Framed Galleries
313 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

Tea Cup Succulent Class

Fee includes two succulents, potting mix and decorative gravel for drainage. Create a charming succulent conversation piece to take home at the Oasis Tea Party. Bring your own tea cup or we will provide one to purchase ($5-$10)

Green Oasis Gardens
1403 122nd Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

Dotters Books / Northbound Supply Pop Up

Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children at Northbound Supply. Enjoy wintery drinks from the espresso bar, curl up with a book in the store’s cozy window seats, and find great…

Northbound Supply Co
215 North Barstow St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

ArtMobile at Oakwood Mall

The ARTmobile connects children to the visual arts with fun and relevant art projects that have an educational aspect to them.

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am Sat. Jan. 27

4th Annual Winter Fest Cold & Bold Fun Run/Walk

This event will offer participants an opportunity to enjoy a scenic 3.1 mile race course on beautiful Lake Altoona in Eau Claire. The run/walk will begin and end on Lake Altoona. Will benefit the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA and Eau Claire…

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.
Altoona

Cost: $20 Pre-register, $25 Day-of (cash only)

10-10:50am Sat. Jan. 27

Little Language Lab

Is your toddler ready to get talking? This newest class aimed at exposing children to a language rich environment, where they will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory…

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $50/each, drop-ins welcome but please call ahead

Age: Ages 1-2

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on the lower level of the library. Choose from a wide variety of nonfiction, fiction, childrens' books and others. Music CDs, DVDs, and more. A special bag sale on Saturday features special…

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am-12:15pm Sat. Jan. 27

Kids Class - Wintery Watercolor Scene

They will create their own wintery scene with a variety of trees, snow, sky, bird and shadows while learning some watercolor basics, looking at different types of brushes and how they are used and learn about types of watercolor from tubes to…

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $15

Age: Ages 6+

10:15am Sat. Jan. 27

L.E. Phillips Library: Family Storytime

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-6

10:30am-12:30pm Sat. Jan. 27

My Little Cookie Monster Kids Event

Hey parents! Come in and bring your little Cookie Monsters and create their cute handprint on a ceramic plate. Instructors on site to make if easy and fun

Craving Canvas and Ceramic Studio
2807 East Hamilton Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $15

Age: Ages 5 and up

11am-4pm Sat. Jan. 27

Come and Slide With Us

Enjoy an afternoon of supervised sledding, accompanied with a roaring fire, music, and a cup of hot chocolate. For more information call Eau Claire Parks and Recreation.

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-2pm Sat. Jan. 27

Little Hands Cooking Class: Pasta

This two-hour pasta workshop is tailored to introduce your child to the fun of making hand crafted noodles. Talk about kitchen safety, how to follow a recipe, experimenting with new flavors, and the importance of good nutrition. Work though a…

Forage
930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212
Eau Claire

Cost: $35

Age: Ages 8-12

noon Sat. Jan. 27

2nd Annual Cinderella's Birthday Party: ECCT Fundraiser

It's Cinderella's Birthday and you're invited. All new musical play, new menu of kid's favorites, more singing and dancing, birthday cake, princess basket raffles, games and surprises, autographs and photos. Princess attire encouraged.

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $12 GA

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Sat. Jan. 27

Make and Take: Wintery Watercolor Card

Julie Schaller will be here to show you how to create a winter scene on watercolor paper.She will show you how to start a project and some beginning watercolor techniques so that you can paint your own watercolor landscape.

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $12

Age: Ages 12+

1-7:30pm Sat. Jan. 27

Firefighter Chili Cook-off Fundraiser, Beer Release, and Live Music

Mark your calendars for the release of 487 Maibock, Firefighters Chili Cook-off Fundraiser and music by Steven John Rindt, a local Eau Claire Firefighter. Chili cook off fundraiser for the EC Firefighters Community Charity 1-4pm. Beer release…

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill
50819 West St.
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages with Parent/Guardian

2pm Sat. Jan. 27

Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra Presents: Family and Friends Concert

ECCO's annual free family concert. Maestro Frank A. Watkins conducts Prokokiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Vivaldi's "Cello Concerto" featuring students from the Cello Connection. Event includes a musical instrument "petting zoo", crafts,…

Grace Lutheran Church
202 W. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2-5pm Sat. Jan. 27

Art Classes Artisan Forge Studio

Art Classes at Artisan Forge Studio with Schaefer Miles Painting Drawing Adult and Teen Learn painting and drawing techniques. Work at your own pace. Novice and Advanced. This is your creative time. Paint and Draw with the Artists.

Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Four Classes $140 or One class for $40

Age: Adult and Teen

5-8pm Sat. Jan. 27

Lake Wissota State Park Ski + Snowshoe + Hike Event

Head out to the park and enjoy the annual candlelight ski event at Lake Wissota State Park. There will be lighted ski, snowshoe and walking trails. Weather permitting. Campfires provided. Hot chocolate and hot cider available. Parking will be…

Lake Wissota State Park
18127 County Highway O
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE (2018 park sticker/day pass required)

5:30-8pm Sat. Jan. 27

Potluck and International Folk Dancing

Family friendly. Sponsored by humanKind, the diversity committee of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association. Potluck for first hour followed by beginning folk dances taught by Mark Helpsmeet who has used folk dancing around the world to…

Spirit Lutheran Church
1310 Main St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-9pm Sat. Jan. 27

Chippewa Valley Roller Derby Presents American Quads

Chippewa Valley Roller Derby is hosting our second game of Season 8 against the Old Capital City Roller Derby from Iowa City, Iowa.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages

7pm Sat. Jan. 27

Naturehold and Nomad Return to The Venue

Naturehold, Nomad MN Tied To Tides and Skrog bring metal to the Venue.

The Venue
209 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $5 cover, $3 with student ID

Age: all ages

7-9:30pm Sat. Jan. 27

See "The Lynching of Ed Maxwell" performed by Terry Mesch

True Crime comes to Widespot. Enjoy Terry Mesch's performance of a famous Pepin County Courthouse lynching. Cash bar will be open, and event is free and open to the public.

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm

Cost: Free (Donations accepted at the door)

Age: All Ages

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire